Undefeated MPSF Heads to NorCal Tournament

MPSPORTSDOTORG California's Collin Smith is the MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week
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California's Collin Smith is the MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week
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UCLA (8-0 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) senior Griffin White, back from injury in week one, accumulated a team-high 18 goals through five wins at the Princeton Invitational. He tied a career-high five goals in a 22-0 blanking of Fordham. The Bruins also took out George Washington (22-4), Johns Hopkins (21-4), Brown (14-8), and host Princeton (20-3), as White added four apiece against the Bears and Tigers. UCLA meets Concordia at 8 am Saturday at Stanford.

CALIFORNIA (5-0 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) Junior Collin Smith finished five games with 19 goals (3.80 GPG) at the Princeton Invitational, pacing the Bears with wins over St. Francis (16-3), No. 13 Princeton (16-4), Bucknell (20-3), Harvard (13-7), and MIT (17-4). His top game was a six-goal effort vs. MIT Sunday. Cal takes on Air Force at 10:50 am in its first NorCal game in Palo Alto.

UC IRVINE (7-0 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) junior Bojan Hrlec scored a total of 18 goals in five wins over the weekend, including six in Sunday's 19-10 victory over Pomona-Pitzer at the Inland Empire Classic at La Verne. Hrlec had three goals in a 14-12 Friday home win over UC Davis, then added 15 in wins over the Sagehens, Claremont-Mudd (15-4), and La Verne (21-5). The Anteaters open their NorCal slate vs. UC San Diego at 12:15 pm Saturday.

LONG BEACH STATE (6-0 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) junior Dan Matulis scored 16 goals in four games at the Inland Empire Tournament to push his total to 22 for the season. Matulis finished the tournament with 10 goals Sunday, scoring five against both Occidental and Air Force, 22-7 and 15-10 victories, respectively. The 49ers also defeated Pomona-Pitzer (15-4) and host La Verne (16-6). Pepperdine is the initial opponent at Stanford on Saturday.

UC SANTA BARBARA (6-0 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) is off to its best start since 1988 at 6-0. Junior Evan Dellinger posted a team-leading 13 goals over the weekend, helping lead UC Santa Barbara to four consecutive wins. The Gauchos defeated UC San Diego at home (18-10), followed by Redlands (23-2), Whittier (26-9), and Santa Clara (13-7) in the Inland Empire Tournament. The first NorCal opponent is UC Davis at 12:15 pm.

PEPPERDINE (3-0 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) sophomore Marko Madaras came up big for the Waves with back-to-back scores to lead an 8-7 win, after Loyola Marymount had tied the game in the final period in Malibu last Saturday. Pepperdine's first NorCal game is against Long Beach State at 9:25 am. Madaras has five goals on the season, while Stephen Loomis leads with eight.

USC (4-0 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) After being sidelined for the bulk of the 2011 season, redshirt senior Matt Burton tallied his first hat trick in almost two years with a three-goal day in a 13-4 win over Cal Baptist. The home-opening outcome marked the Trojans' 17th consecutive victory in their pool. Top-ranked USC opens the NorCal Tournament with an 8 am game against Pomona-Pitzer, a 20-3 final from opening day on Sept. 1.

PACIFIC (0-0 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) begins its season at the NorCal Tournament, facing Loyola Marymount at 9:25 am. Key Returnees include senior Goran Tomasevic, junior Balazs Erdelyi, and junior goalkeeper Alex Malkis. Erdelyi ranked fourth in the conference a year ago with 2.24 goals per game, while Tomasevic was ninth (1.77 GPG). Malkis collected an MPSF-high 230 saves, 10.22 per contest.

STANFORD (0-0 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) begins its season by hosting the NorCal Tournament, Sept. 15-16, first meeting Santa Clara at 10:50 am. Stanford's top Returners from its 19-win season include Alex Bowen (team-leading 53 goals in 2011, ACWPC All-America First Team, MPSF Newcomer of the Year), and Forrest Watkins (42 goals in 2011, ACWPC All-America Second Team, All-MPSF First Team).

COLLIN SMITH MPSF KAP7 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

California junior Collin Smith (Carlsbad, CA/Carlsbad HS) was an offensive force by scoring six goals in a 17-4 victory over MIT on the final day (Sunday, Sept. 9) of the Princeton Invitational. The Golden Bears improved to 5-0 on the season, outscoring their opponents, 82-21, on their east coast trip. Smith finished the five weekend games with 19 goals (3.80 GPG), also pacing the Bears with four goals each in victories over two ranked opponents on Friday (Sept. 7) - No. 20 St. Francis and No. 13 Princeton...Also Nominated: Matt Burton (USC); Evan Dellinger (UCSB); Marko Madaras (PEP); Dan Matulis (LBSU); Griffin White (UCLA); Bojan Hrlec (UCI)